Carrot & Sultana Loaf – 9p per serving

Oct 3, 2013 | 8 comments


Carrot & Sultana Loaf – 9p per serving


Eek, found a few recipes missing from meal plan 2!
When I was making this up, I felt very clever that I had come up with a new variation of Jack Monroe’s loaves using carrot and raisins, which is what I had available for week two. Then realised that not only had Jack done one with carrot, sultana and pineapple, but Cheap Family Recipes had also done one as well, sigh. Oh well, great minds and all that. The bottom line is that if you take 250g flour, some yeast and water, you can add many, many different things to it and get a lovely loaf, with 4 portions, to use for any meal

Edit: I don’t know why I called this Carrot & Sultana Loaf as I am quite clearly using raisins!


Carrot & Sultana Loaf

Ideas, as ever, at the bottom

100g carrots, grated Asda 2kg/£1.18, 6p
50g raisins, 500g/84p, 8p
250g flour, 45p/1.5kg, 3p
7g yeast, 28p/2x7g sachets, 14p
160-180ml warm water

try and use raisins rather than other dried fruit as raisins give you a portion of ‘purple’, which is the hardest one to get into your day

if you can afford to get a little tub of yeast rather than 2 sachets, do that as it is a quarter of the price

you can use any type of flour here, as long as it has gluten in it. Bread flour will give a higher rise and a springier finish, cheapy flour gives a perfectly fine loaf. I have used both

Bung everything in a bowl and mix until you get a soft dough. The water is variable as flours vary, some need more, some less, you are aiming at a fairly soft mix, this gives the yeast a chance to do its job. Give it a good knead for 5 minutes or so, by hand or machine.

Cover and leave to rise for half an hour in a warm place. Knock it back by giving it a good bashing and put in a well greased loaf tin, a small one, about 1lb. Cover again, and leave for another half an hour.

During the last 10 minutes, pre-heat the oven to 180C and cook for, yes, half an hour. The bottom should sound hollow, if it doesn’t, pop it back in the oven for a few minutes, You can leave it out of the tin at this point.

If you are following meal planner 2, this loaf divides into 4x2slice portions, to be eaten on 2 different days. If you aren’t following the planner, do what you like!  Even more delicious eaten warm from the oven with butter melting over it


If you have any thyme growing on your windowsill, a few sprigs would give a lovely flavour, or maybe some bayleaves, keep them whole tho, you can’t really eat them, unless you use the ground version. Some fine chopped rosemary would work well. Or how about some orange or lemon zest and juice. You could add some spice, maybe some ginger, or mixed spice, cinnamon or a bit of nutmeg.

You could replace the carrots and raisins with courgette and apple, or sweet potato and sultanas. Have a look in your cupboard and see what you have.


This features in Meal Plan 2, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list

Faggots & Gravy



  1. Thrifty Lesley

    mmm, that sounds good!

  2. Ruth

    Try it toasted with a crushed ripe banana spread over rather than butter – heavenly!

  3. Thrifty Lesley

    They sound really good. Love the apple fig and ginger one, will have to try that

  4. Jenni

    Love this recipe, thank you Lesley. I am on our third loaf of the week. Using up old dried fruit during isolation, I had some 24p dried figs that I had never found a use for.
    So far I’ve made a loaf with carrot and one with sweet potato (which makes the loaf lovely and squidgy). Todays loaf is a cooking apple, with figs and a bit of grated ginger.
    I make the dough and leave in fridge overnight so I can take out and cook in morning.

  5. Lesley

    The meal plan just has a bag of white value self raising flour available and that will make a very acceptable loaf. If you have any strong bread flour, you’ll probably get a bigger rise

  6. angela

    Bread looks fab
    But what kind of flour do i use?

  7. Lesley

    Glad it worked for you Scotty

  8. Scotty

    Nailed it everytime eith your simple instructions. Thanks.

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